Our corporate governance

As an independent company without shareholders, with the constitution of an Employee Benefit Trust, good corporate governance is of the utmost importance to us.

Board of directors

The members of our Board of Directors use their considerable industry experience and business leadership to develop our mission, vision and strategy.

Meeting membership key


Audit Committee
Nomination Committee
Remuneration Committee
Trustee
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Meeting Chair
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Charles Packshaw

Chairman

Charles Packshaw

Chairman

Nomination Committee (chair)
Remuneration Committee
Trustee

Charles joined BMT as Non-Executive Director in May 2014 and became Chairman of the Board and Chair of the Nomination Committee in January 2020.

Charles has over thirty years’ experience in the City of London where he worked as Head of UK Advisory at HSBC Bank between 2002 - 2017, and previously as Managing Director at Lazard in London. Charles has been Chairman of Prostate Cancer UK since December 2016. He is also a Non-Executive Director of Fram Farmers Ltd, a farmer-owned buying cooperative based in Suffolk, and Chairman of Framlingham College, an independent boarding and day school in Suffolk.

Charles was, until 2021, the Senior Independent Director of the FTSE-250 company Diploma Plc and has also been a non-executive director of The Restaurant Group and Diagonal Plc and a Trustee of the Lazard Directors Pension Scheme. He began his career working as a civil engineer for Costain.

Current External Appointments: Chair of Prostate Cancer UK, Chairman of Framlingham College, and Non-Executive Director of Fram Farmers Ltd.

Sarah Kenny OBE

Chief Executive

Sarah Kenny OBE

Chief Executive

Nomination Committee

Sarah Kenny is the Chief Executive for BMT.  A marine environmental scientist by background, she has worked in marine and maritime science and technology businesses throughout her career. Sarah is Chair of Maritime UK, a board member of Maritime London, and a Trustee Director of the National Oceanography Centre. 

Sarah is also a member of the UK Defence Innovation External Advisory Panel member and the Maritime Enterprise Working Group. She is very proud to be an Honorary Captain of the Royal Navy and an Honorary Member of the Royal Corps of Naval Constructors. Passionate about the UK engineering, science and technology skills base sustainment, Sarah commits time to STEM projects in the maritime field.

Sarah was awarded an OBE in the 2019 Queen’s Birthday Honours list for her services to the Maritime Industry and Diversity.  In the same year, Sarah was delighted to be awarded an honorary doctorate from Portsmouth University.

David McSweeney

Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

David McSweeney

Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

With over 27 years’ experience as a chartered accountant, David McSweeney was appointed Finance Director in 2001. David enjoyed a successful accountancy career as a senior audit and corporate finance partner at Baker Tilly. He has helped many different types of business and specialised in people businesses within the design, engineering and technology and property sectors, both as a trusted advisor and as a non-executive Director.

His extensive experience of corporate finance and treasury matters has ranged from small owner managed businesses to large public listed companies in the FTSE 100 and on NASDAQ. David was a finalist in the Institute of Directors’ 2012 “Director of the Year – large company section” and is a 3rd Dan black belt in karate.

He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and served as a member of the Technical and Practical Auditing Committee providing guidance to the profession.

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Doug Webb

Non-Executive Director and Senior Independent Director

Doug Webb

Non-Executive Director and Senior Independent Director

Audit Committee (chair)
Nomination Committee
Trustee

Doug Webb joined BMT as Non-Executive Director of the Board in October 2018 and Chair of the Group’s Audit Committee from 1 January 2019.

Doug brings a wealth of relevant sector and corporate financial management experience, having served in Board roles for listed companies for more than fifteen years.

Until 30 September 2019, Doug was a Non-Executive Director at SEGRO Plc, a property investment and development company investing in property located in the UK and Continental Europe with a focus on edge of town flexible business space. Before that, Doug was the Chief Financial Officer of Meggitt PLC, a global engineering company operating in aerospace, defence and selected energy markets, with annual turnover of approximately £2 billion. Prior to joining Meggitt PLC in 2008, Doug was Chief Financial Officer of London Stock Exchange Group Plc. Prior to this he held roles as Chief Financial Officer at QinetiQ Group plc and at Logica Plc’s North American and Continental European divisions. In his early career he spent twelve years at Price Waterhouse where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant. Doug’s other current appointments are Non-Executive Director of Johnson Matthey Plc, United Utilities plc, and The Manufacturing Technology Centre Ltd. 

 

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Wendy Barnes

Non-executive Director

Wendy Barnes

Non-executive Director

Audit Committee
Nomination Committee
Remuneration Committee
Trustee (chair)

Wendy joined BMT as Non-Executive Director in July 2013. She has since been appointed Chair of the Remuneration Committee and also Chair of Trustees.

Wendy is currently an external advisor to Templar Executives who provide cyber security consultancy and training as well as Non-Executive Director for Scottish Power, one of the world’s largest integrated utilities companies and a world leader in wind energy.

She has gained a wealth of experience during her time as Non-Executive Director to OCS Group, an international facilities management company, Non-Executive Director at OFWAT (the economic regulator of the water industry in England and Wales), the Foreign & Commonwealth Office Services and the Met Office. Wendy was Interim Chief Operating Officer for the UK Government’s Department of Energy & Climate Change from September 2011 to December 2012 and was previously a Non-Executive Director of the Board of the Ministry of Defence’s Defence Equipment and Support organisation (DE&S) and a Non-Executive Director of two Government security departments. Prior to this Wendy spent eleven years with United Utilities and ten years with British Nuclear Fuels in a wide range of roles including customer service, marketing and business development.

Current External Appointments: Non-Executive Director for Scottish Power Ltd, Associate of Templar Executives Cyber security consultants, Member of the Governance and Ethics Committee of Amplifi, Member of the Cyber Resilience Expert Advisory Group for DCMS, and Director of Practiq Consulting Ltd

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Sue Mackenzie

Non-Executive Director

Sue Mackenzie

Non-Executive Director

Nomination Committee
Remuneration Committee (chair)

Sue Mackenzie joined BMT as Non-Executive Director in March 2020.

Prior to her appointment, Sue served in senior management and advisory roles for both public and private companies for more than 20 years, including a position as Operations and Business Transformation Director at P&O Ferries. Before that she was Operations Director of London Luton Airport at a time of unprecedented growth of the organisation.

Sue’s early career was spent in military service and not-for-profit sectors in the UK and other countries. After graduating with distinction from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, she was appointed to several international leadership roles, during which time her diverse responsibilities included tours both at home and abroad as the first female officer to serve with the Second Battalion Scots Guards.

After leaving the Army, Sue took up the role of Chief Executive of the charity “Cities in Schools” and she currently serves as a Non-Executive Director of the Medway NHS Foundation Trust and is on the Board of the Freight Transport Association. Sue continues to work voluntarily in support of her fellow servicemen and women and is involved as a trustee and volunteer of several charities in the UK.

Current External Appointments: Trustee of Women’s Royal Army Corps Association, Non-Executive Director of Logistics UK, Medway NHS Trust, and Port of London Authority.

Andrew Wyllie CBE

Non-executive Director

Andrew Wyllie CBE

Non-executive Director

Audit Committee
Nomination Committee
Remuneration Committee

Andrew joined BMT as Non-Executive Director in October 2019.

Andrew brings to our Board a wealth of relevant sector and corporate leadership experience, having served in executive and non-executive roles for listed companies for more than twenty years. He was Chief Executive of Costain Group Plc for 14 years. Prior to that he was Managing Director of Taylor Woodrow Construction and a member of the Group Executive Committee at Taylor Woodrow Plc. Andrew has had considerable experience working on critical national and international infrastructure contracts in Saudi Arabia, Ghana, the Falklands and Malaysia, as well as projects in the United Kingdom.

Andrew currently serves as a Non-Executive Director on the Boards of Persimmon plc and Yorkshire Water and was previously a Non-Executive Director of Scottish Water.  He was the 154th President of the Institution of Civil Engineers and is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering. He has an MBA from London Business School, and in 2014 he was awarded a CBE for services to Engineering and Construction.

Current External Appointments: Non Executive Director at Yorkshire Water Services Limited, and Non Executive Director at Persimmon Plc

Mick Dewhirst

Employee Director

Mick Dewhirst

Employee Director

Mick joined the Board at BMT in October 2022

Mick joined BMT in 2012 following a 27-year career in the Royal Navy where he served as a Weapon Engineer in Submarines. During his time with BMT, he has been responsible for the leadership and programme management of a portfolio of critical high-profile projects for the UK Ministry of Defence as well as defence organisations overseas. In addition, Mick has been instrumental in the instigation, development, and transformation of BMT’s Employee Engagement Group helping to enhance and improve the employee led influence and collaboration across BMT and brings a strong employee perspective to the Board.

Current external appointments: Charity Trustee for We Remember Submariners, Board member of The Submarine Family (TSF), and part of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charities (RNRMC).

Executive committee

The implementation of our strategy and administration of its assets is delegated to the Executive Committee.

Sarah Kenny

Chief Executive

Sarah Kenny

Chief Executive

Sarah Kenny is the Chief Executive for BMT.  A marine environmental scientist by background, she has worked in marine and maritime science and technology businesses throughout her career. Sarah is Chair of Maritime UK, a board member of Maritime London, and a Trustee Director of the National Oceanography Centre. 

Sarah is also a member of the UK Defence Innovation External Advisory Panel member and the Maritime Enterprise Working Group. She is very proud to be an Honorary Captain of the Royal Navy and an Honorary Member of the Royal Corps of Naval Constructors. Passionate about the UK engineering, science and technology skills base sustainment, Sarah commits time to STEM projects in the maritime field.

Sarah was awarded an OBE in the 2019 Queen’s Birthday Honours list for her services to the Maritime Industry and Diversity.  In the same year, Sarah was delighted to be awarded an Honorary doctorate from Portsmouth University.

David McSweeney

Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

David McSweeney

Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

With over 27 years’ experience as a chartered accountant, David McSweeney was appointed Finance Director in 2001.

David enjoyed a successful accountancy career as a senior audit and corporate finance partner at Baker Tilly. He has helped many different types of business and specialised in people businesses within the design, engineering and technology and property sectors, both as a trusted advisor and as a non-executive Director. His extensive experience of corporate finance and treasury matters has ranged from small owner managed businesses to large public listed companies in the FTSE 100 and on NASDAQ. David was a finalist in the Institute of Directors’ 2012 “Director of the Year – large company section” and is a 3rd Dan black belt in karate. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and served as a member of the Technical and Practical Auditing Committee providing guidance to the profession.

Trudy Grey

Group General Counsel and Company Secretary

Trudy Grey

Group General Counsel and Company Secretary

Trudy Grey has been General Counsel and Company Secretary of BMT since 2015.  She qualified as a solicitor in London at Stephenson Harwood LLP, before joining Clyde & Co LLP a year later where she worked for 11 years in the London office, latterly in the Marine and International Trade Group. Trudy then moved in house to SBM Offshore in Monaco, an engineering company providing floating production solutions to the offshore energy industry, where she had the roles of Deputy General Counsel and also Legal Manager of the Monaco Regional Office.

David Bright

Operations Director

David Bright

Operations Director

David Bright is BMT's Operations Director and member of BMT's Executive Committee.  His role is to manage the overall BMTtogether Transformation Programme with particular responsibility for the Ways of Working workstream.  This workstream will deliver greater harmonisation of process, systems and working methods across the group and thereby support improved consistency of information and business forecasting. He also has responsibility for the project governance, management and control practices across the group.

Before joining the Executive Committee, David performed other senior roles at BMT, and prior to that was the Managing Director of BMT Hi-Q Sigma Ltd having worked his way up through the company following its formation in 2003.  In this role he built up a wealth of experience in supporting clients improve their programme governance, controls & assurance and was a regular conference speaker on these subjects.  He was an integral member of the Project & Programme Assurance and the Governance Specific Interest Groups of the Association for Project Management (APM) and was the Stakeholders & Sponsorship track chairman at the Annual APM Conference.

Before joining BMT in 2001, David had a successful and varied career in the Royal Navy including the lecturing of RN and USN officers in project management, engineering design and naval architecture.

Louise Ledgard

Global Business Development and Marketing Director

Louise Ledgard

Global Business Development and Marketing Director

Louise Ledgard is Global Business Development and Marketing Director at BMT. With a PhD in Materials Engineering and Design, a Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Physics and a Master’s in Business Administration, Louise has spent over 25-years working in a technical environment.

With the international experience of working across several market sectors, including; energy, mining and civil coastal infrastructure projects, Louise has worked both in project delivery and the development of new business. 

Her experience spans from early feasibility assessments of offshore energy developments to the engineering and maintenance of infrastructure projects.

Initially starting her career as a Research Associate at Sheffield University, Louise moved to Fugro as a project oceanographer. She supported offshore and near-shore engineering projects with metocean data services, including site surveys in the UK, Europe, Asia Pacific, Russia, Australia and the Middle East. 

Building on her technical knowledge, Louise moved to a commercial role, providing tendering and business development support. 

Louise has spent the last 10-years working at BMT, where she brings her technical and commercial knowledge together to provide guidance and leadership in managing a diverse international business development team.

Gudrun Neumann

Global HR Director

Gudrun Neumann

Global HR Director

Gudrun Neumann is the global Human Resources Director for BMT. After completing a degree in Business Administration, Personnel & Organisational Management (Dipl. Verw. Wiss.) at Constance University, she spent 25 years in various generalist HR roles, always in a high-tech environment and with growing international and leadership responsibilities.

Gudrun started her career as HR business partner at Behr (a large automotive supplier, today part of the Mahle group) and from there moved on to MBtechnology (at the time a 100% subsidiary of Daimler, today part of the French AKKA group) where she built up the HR reporting structure and moved on to lead the personnel management team. Before joining BMT in 2022, Gudrun worked for Ricardo plc, first as the HR Director of their German organisation, and lately as the global HR Director for the Rail and Software divisions.

Over the course of her career, Gudrun has gained vast experience in all relevant disciplines in HR. These include HR Systems & Reporting, Global Mobility, Leadership Development and Succession Planning, Compensation & Benefits and Mergers & Acquisitions. She is a certified Coach and NLP Practitioner. Her substantial international and intercultural experience is very valuable for the global growth plans of BMT. She is a firm believer that commercial success is based on creating a positive work environment in which employees can play to their strengths, and feel included and appreciated.

Guy Tomlinson

Programmes Director

Guy Tomlinson

Programmes Director

Guy joined BMT from QinetiQ, where he was the UK Sales Director leading the sales, marketing and business development communities across the Maritime, Defence and Security, Cyber Defence and Simulation and Training domains – reaching across all of UK’s sovereign defence capabilities’ and managing a UK workforce across multiple jurisdictions. He also led on several major sales and business development transformation programmes with oversight on corporate strategy, organic growth, strategy planning, portfolio strategy and M&A growth portfolio.

Guy also served for 23 years in the Royal Air Force as an Engineer Officer (Aerosystems) holding Type Airworthiness Authority’s (TAA) Type Airworthiness responsibilities for a number of UK sovereign aerial platforms.

Guy is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology.

Statutory information

Modern Slavery Statement

This is BMT’s Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement for the past financial year and is published in compliance with Section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015. The statement explains the policies and activities we have in place to mitigate the risk of all forms of modern slavery on our business and supply chain.

Modern slavery act transparency statement

Strategic Report: Section 172

BMT Group has provided a corporate governance statement applying matters set out in s172 of the Companies Act 2006, during the past financial year. 

The statement is a requirement to be made available on the company’s website and will remain available until the next financial year. 

Extract of Strategic Report from Final Report and Accounts

Annual Report and Accounts

Our latest and past financial statements.

Annual Report and Accounts